Wax Idols are a four-piece based out of Oakland, CA; their sound calls on the mutated aesthetics of varying strains of post-punk (songwriting elements from darkwave and Factory/Rough Trade pioneers, as well as the complex interplay and emotion of post-hardcore), without carbon-copying those who made these maps. Hether Fortune’s powerful voice as the songwriter, arranger, producer, singer and guitarist is at the center, but this makes no other member of the band a replaceable element. Their work together is what makes Wax Idols’ energy these days so vital.
Their forthcoming (and fourth) album Happy Ending is set to be released in Spring 2018, exploring the abstraction & finality of death from both philosophical/political and personal perspectives. This dual theme of political anxiety and personal experience is one Fortune began exploring in seriousness on Wax Idols’ critically-acclaimed third album, American Tragic, which Pitchfork proclaimed “smartly unpacks a pretty universal experience—the sadness, nostalgia, and occasional euphoria involved in letting go of something you once cared about, even when it desperately hurts.” American Tragic was recently reissued on the band’s label Etruscan Gold Records, with a limited-edition alternate cover & remix of the standout single “Deborah” by the band’s own Peter Lightning. – Jes Skolnik
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